For this "Wine Friday" I've put together a superb, four-wine lineup that includes two new arrivals that will dazzle your palate and keep you smiling all weekend long. Rob J will be on the keyboard providing musical entertainment.
My first pour is a "Vilarnau Rose Cava" Reserve from Spain's Catalonia region. Trepat and Pinot Noir grapes give this delicious pink fizz a bright, red currant color and a vibrant, ripe strawberry character. Soft and juicy with refreshing, balanced acidity and beautifully presented in a Gaudi inspired bottle.
Next is an exceptional "Cantarutti" Pinot Grigio from Friulli Venezia, one of Italy's greatest wine regions. This new arrival offers notes of pineapple, melon and peach delivered in a citrusy, crisp style that will put it right on top of your favorite whites list.
My first red takes us to the legendary Minervois wine region in France's Mediterranean coast. The "Campagne de Centeilles" Cinsault offers notes of ripe cherry, medium tannin structure, delicate spice and a warm, bright finish. This wine has had very little exposure in our country and we are proud to be presenting it to you for tasting this Friday.
From France we move to Santa Barbara County to bring you "DIME", a bold, fresh California version of the prestigious Bordeaux blend. Cabernet Franc drives the blend with Merlot in the passenger's seat and Malbec and Petit Verdot riding in the back. Red fruit, velvet and sage shine in this ripe and luscious red - just delicious!